MRFF Action Leads to Immediate Removal of Sectarian Religious Video from U.S. Army Garrison- Ft. Hamilton (Brooklyn, NY) Official Facebook Page

April 9, 2020

While attempting to describe “building community through servant leadership”, a 2 minute and 10 second video opened with Fort Hamilton’s Chaplain (MAJ) Bruce Duty, speaking under a USAG Ft. Hamilton sign, saying “2,000 years ago …” and proceeding to use Jesus at the Last Supper as the example for building community. While this video would have been appropriate on the Garrison’s chapel Facebook page, well established time/place/manner restrictions on religious support or sponsorship by government entities and leaders makes posting of this overtly sectarian religious message unconstitutional on the OFFICIAL Garrison page. Five active duty clients (all but one practicing Christians), who recognized this fact, sought assistance from MRFF in order to avoid reprisal, retribution, retaliation and revenge from their chain of command.

MRFF President/Founder Mikey Weinstein immediately contacted the Deputy to Ft. Hamilton’s Garrison Commander to inform them of the client complaints and established time, place, and manner principles for sectarian religious expression in the military. The Garrison Commander’s Deputy acted immediately by informing Mikey that the video would be taken down. In a letter of appreciation to Ft. Hamilton Garrison Commander, Colonel Andrew Zieseniss, Mikey wrote:

I explained to your Deputy that the complaints from our MRFF clients would never have occurred had that chaplain’s video been placed on the USAG Fort Hamilton CHAPLAINS Facebook page instead of the OFFICIAL USAG Fort Hamilton Facebook page; the latter of which, of course, carries the formal and unmistakable imprimatur of command endorsement. Indeed, Colonel Zieseniss, it’s all about the time, place, and manner of sectarian religious expression in the military. As I stated supra, if that video is placed solely on the chaplain’s Facebook page, all three determinants (time, place, and manner) would be in full and proper legal order. However, the placement of that very same video on the official USAG Fort Hamilton Facebook page is completely VIOLATIVE of the legal, ethical, and moral imperatives of time, place, and manner. As such, sir, it is seriously detrimental and prejudicial to the Army’s good order, morale, discipline, and unit cohesion and, likewise, obviously violates the Army’s Seven Core Values (https://www.army.mil/values).

To his credit, your Deputy, Mr. Hood, told me that he would immediately take down the offending video pursuant to our arguments supporting same. We checked right away and he has, in fact, done so. We at MRFF, on behalf of our U.S. Army MRFF clients under your command, thank you for doing the right Constitutional thing here, sir, and doing it immediately after receiving our complaints.

 

 


 

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14 Comments

  1. SARSU

    Jesus was and is the greatest servant leader in history!

  2. G

    Yeah SARSU, and his example hasn’t rubbed off on the Republican Party, conservative right-wing leaders, and the business leaders of America for the last forty years.

  3. Len

    Get a life Mikey and stop looking for things that offend you. I agree that you do however have the right to demonstrate that you are, in my opinion, an asshole.

  4. Grey One talks sass

    Len, please take your own advice.

    MRFF doesn’t “look for” anything. Christian Nationalists (a group I suspect you reside in Len) break the Military rules and regs prompting people who don’t break the rules to seek help.

    Shouldn’t we all, as citizens of the USA, seek to ensure the rules which govern us all are followed by us all?

    No, Len, you don’t need to answer. I’ve run into a few like you before. Your mindset is more Animal Farm “All animals are created equal but some are more equal than others”. Amirite?

  5. Len

    Typical snowflake BS, I expected no less. You certainly make many assumptions from a 2 sentence post but, that is also a ploy of snowflakes when someone disagrees with them. No need to respond either, I have heard your line before.

  6. G

    Typical asshole and snowflake BS from a person like you Len and we have all heard of your lines before.

  7. Len

    Why didn’t you just copy my entire comment instead of your infantile rewording. At least it aided you in spelling the hard words. Lmao snowflake

  8. Grey One talks sass

    Len, You know what I’ve learned about snowflakes and the people who use the term as a pejorative?

    I’m sure you aren’t curious so I’ll tell you (my statement here is an assumption while previous comments were questions and suspicions, not assumptions).

    Snowflakes, each unique, when combined together with a bit of wind create a powerful blizzard capable of relieving the burn of stupidity from people like you (Len. LOL)

  9. Len

    Veni, vidi, vici, now go back to your mom’s basement snowball

  10. G

    Len, you need to go back to your mom’s basement snowflake.

  11. G

    Len, you need to stop acting like an infantile, but people like you can’t.

  12. Len

    HAHA YOU ARE ILLITERATE. LMAO BYE LOSER

  13. G

    No Len, you are the illiterate loser. See you on this website again

  14. Grey One talks sass

    Len,

    (Veni, vidi, vici)

    You came, you saw, you conquered?

    Conquered what, your lunchbox?

    You accused another poster of being illiterate (a person who can not read or write) on a website where a person must by definition be literate in order to comment.

    Len, I’m sad to say your lunchbox just beat you up. Sad, just sad,

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